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Curriculum and Degree Requirements

The KU Dietetic Internship Graduate Certificate program provides supervised practice experiences allowing the dietetic intern to practice, develop, and apply skills gained in the classroom. The program includes 24 hours of graduate course work and 1,200 hours of supervised practice experiences which provide the content and skills necessary to meet the required core competencies for entry-level dietitians.


A variety of practice sites are available for each rotation experience. Interns are asked to rank their rotation preferences and then practice sites are assigned.

  • Clinical nutrition (16 weeks)
  • Community nutrition (8 weeks)
  • Food and nutrition management (8 weeks)
  • Summer practice area of interest (8 weeks)

Class Schedule

During the fall and spring semesters, students attend classes on campus on Mondays. Supervised practice experiences are conducted Tuesday through Friday at assigned sites (typically 32 hours per week).

During the summer semester, interns complete their practice area of interest rotation. Summer experiences take place on campus or at other locations within the U.S. or abroad. There are no on-campus classes required during the summer. Students completing the master's degree can enroll in additional graduate classes. See also: KU Medical Center Academic Calendar

Master’s Degree Option

Degree-seeking students in the graduate certificate program may transfer 14 hours toward the master's degree which is completed in two additional semesters. A total of 30 to 33 credit hours are required to complete the master’s degree in dietetics and nutrition.
Note: Course DN 827Practicum does not transfer (10 credit hours).

More than 80% of graduates from KU's dietetic internship program continue on to complete the master's program. Master's degree students can apply for a research or graduate teaching assistantship which covers part or all of tuition and includes an hourly salary. Research assistants and graduate teaching assistants work 16-20 hours per week for one of the department's faculty during the fall and spring semesters after completion of the one-year internship program.

Our Philosophy

  • The goal of the University of Kansas Dietetic Internship Graduate Certificate program is to produce registered dietitians with enhanced skills in nutrition therapy for health and education positions that will provide services for the citizens of Kansas, the region, the nation, and the world.

  • The following are the goals of the program:

    1. Admit students with the desire and ability both to practice at an entry level and to perform graduate-level course work.

    2. Conduct an efficient program that is individualized to meet the educational needs of students.

    3. Train students to practice dietetics at the entry level and expose them to the advantages of a master's degree in dietetics and nutrition.

    4. Help students with appropriate career or education placement upon graduation.

Academic Plan

Fall Semester

  • DN 825 Medical Nutrition Therapy I, 3 hours 
  • DN 822 Management in Dietetics & Nutrition I, 2 hours 
  • DN 841 International Nutrition, 1 hour
  • DN 817 Seminar I, 1 hour
  • DN 827 Practicum, 4 hours
  • Total hours for fall semester: 11 hours

Spring Semester

  • DN 826 Medical Nutrition Therapy II, 3 hours 
  • DN 823 Management in Dietetics & Nutrition II, 2 hours 
  • DN 842 US Public Health Nutrition,1 hour
  • DN 818 Seminar II,1 hour
  • DN 827 Practicum, 4 hours
  • Total hours for spring semester: 11 hours

Summer Semester

  • DN 827 Practicum, 2 hours
  • Total hours for summer semester: 2 hours

Total hours Certificate, 24 hours

*During summer semester, interns may take other courses as advised for master's degree or dietetic and integrative medicine certificate programs.

Course Descriptions

DN 817 Seminar in Dietetics & Nutrition I: Seminar designed to promote effectiveness of professional written and oral communication, increase knowledge of research, and review content information in dietetics.

DN 818 Seminar in Dietetics & Nutrition II: Seminar designed to promote effectiveness of professional written and oral communication, to increase knowledge of research, and to review content information in selected area in dietetics.

DN 822 Management Dietetics & Nutrition I:  Managerial skills in health care quality improvement and food service are practiced.

DN 823 Management Dietetics & Nutrition II: Managerial style is related to food policy, financial benchmarking and applied nutrition practice.

DN 825 Medical Nutrition Therapy I: Course content introduces the student into the concepts of an intermediate study of nutritional therapy of disease. Course content includes evidence-based practice in prevention and nutritional management of diseases. Patient assessment and medical chart documentation are covered. Elements of pathology and biochemistry of the nutrition-related problems are integrated into course topics.

DN 826 Medical Nutrition Therapy II:Course content includes current nutrition theory and evidence-based practice in prevention and treatment of disease. Advanced therapies and patient management in nutrition support will be discussed. Course topics include pediatric nutrition, obesity, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, cancer, renal disease, and gastrointestinal diseases.

DN 827 Practicum in Dietetics and Nutrition: Supervised practice experience for graduate-level students to fulfill the requirements for the dietetic internship. Experiences take place in hospitals, clinics, community health care agencies, and other practice settings in which dietetics and nutrition services are provided.

DN 841 International Nutrition: A study of global public health and nutrition concerns in various nations, assessment of nutritional status of diverse populations, international health and nutrition organizations, policies, and interventions. We explore the roles of dietitians, nutritionists, and others in creating and implementing international public health and nutrition policies and interventions.

DN 842 United States Public Health Nutrition: A study of US public health and nutrition concerns indiverse US populations, assessment of nutritional status in commonalities,health communication, nutrition policies and community based nutritioninterventions. Exploration of the roles of dietitians, nutritionists, andothers in developing and delivering nutrition policies and interventions in U.S. communities.

Program Completion Requirements

In addition to the academic and other requirements set by the university, the department requires the dietetic intern to complete the following requirements to receive the dietetic internship graduate certificate:

  • Complete all required KU graduate course work listed on this page (24 credit hours) with a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0.
  • Maintain good academic and ethical standing within the university.
  • Successfully complete 1,200 hours of supervised practice experience in a variety of settings.
  • Pass the final exam for the program with a score of 80% or higher.
  • All program requirements must be completed within 15 months of beginning the program.

Upon successful completion the program, graduates will receive:

  • Graduate certificate
  • Dietetic internship verification statement (allowing eligibility to take the National Registration Examination for Dietitians)

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Last modified: Jan 28, 2019

The program starts fall semester in August and ends the following July (three semesters total). The application window is Dec. 1–Feb. 15 each year.

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KU's dietetic internship program has received continued accreditation status from the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics. The full accreditation covers the remainder of the 7-year term ending December 31, 2023. This term has been extended to December 31, 2024 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

photo of Jeannine GoetzJeannine Goetz, Ph.D., RD
Dietetic Internship
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